Volunteers join forces to rehabilitate Greensburg park and playground
Dozens of volunteers, wearing work gloves and carrying shovels descended on the Coulter Park and Playground in Greensburg Friday evening for the start of a two-day rehabilitation project spearheaded by Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial’s Building on Faith 2019 initiative.
Work at the park on the corner of O’Hara Street and Brushton Avenue is part of an ongoing improvement project that Habitat launched in the neighborhood, including streetscape/front door beautification project and the construction of a new home designed to fit into the existing architecture.
Students from Seton Hill, Pitt Greensburg and several local churches dawned aqua Live Generously t-shirts and joined longtime project volunteers brandishing weed whackers, brush hogs, shovels, sandpaper and paint to take on long neglected borders and peeling playground equipment.
Elsewhere, other teams tackled wetlands, planting hostas and a weeping willow and still others worked to install flower beds in the project that brought several generations together.
“This is great,” Aubrey Marquis, 22, said as master gardener Nancy Ament, 71, helped her clear a patch of grass to install a flower bed.
Dan Giovannelli, Habitat executive director said volunteers plan to assemble six pre-cut park benches to make the city park tucked into a shady valley more inviting.
Volunteers are scheduled to meet there again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to build benches and assist with light landscaping.
Thrivent, a national not-for-profit financial services organization, partners with various community organizations throughout the region.
Thrivent spokeswoman Christin Thorpe said Saturday’s volunteer effort will include a community picnic in the park as well as a performance by a quartet from the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and displays by the Latrobe Art Center and Think Greensburg.
“We’re really excited,” Giovannelli said.
Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .